You should download the new NBC Sports Scores app


Back in the 1950s and 60s, rather than simply go to a commercial, TV actors and hosts would often stop right in the middle of their shows, turn to the camera and pitch you something in character. Barney Rubble selling you smokes and stuff. It was pretty wild.

That would seem really weird now, obviously — today “natural” product placement is the primary alternative to a straight pitch — but I don’t know if it’s any better. People don’t like to think they’re being tricked and manipulated. They prefer it, I suspect, when they’re just dealt with straight-up and know when they’re being asked to do something or try something or buy something.

In related news *turns to the camera*

There’s now a new way to read, watch and engage with the NBC Sports content you obviously love or else you would not be reading this: the new NBC Sports Scores app. It’s now available to download on your mobile devices, both via Apple’s App Store and via Google Play. With the NBC Sports Scores app you can get all of the MLB news and analysis we offer you here at HBT and all of the other sports we cover in one handy place.

As well as the stuff Bill, Ashley and I spew out appearing on the app, you’ll find schedule information, scores, videos and much more. You can also set up alerts for content focused on your favorite teams. Which, sure, prevents you from telling us that we must hate your favorite team because we don’t cover them (note: we cover them) but it will bring you other pleasures I’m sure. If you do it, all of your Yankees or Red Sox or (if you’re really weird and sad) Marlins information will be filtered directly to you on the app. No matter what you’re into, the new app has you covered.

Click on these links to download the brand new app:

Thanks! And now, back to “The Flintstones.”

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.